Tuesday 29 March 2016

A Splendid Walk Along the Beach from Humberston Fitties

It was an excellent day for a walk today so we met up with friends Heather and Brian for a walk along the beach from the yacht club car park on the Humberston Fitties.  It was a bright and sunny day with some dramatic lighting but a chill wind.  A splendid walk was followed by an equally splendid tea and stickies at Marples in Cleethorpes.

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Friday 25 March 2016

Adders and Butterflies at Hatfield Moor

As the weather had been warming up, friend Roger and myself decided it was time for a visit to Hatfield Moor to look for Adders.  We had picked an excellent day for weather, in fact I forgot to take a hat and got my head a tad over sunned.  We found 13 different individual during our walk round, but because it was so warm, they were fairly active and difficult to photograph.  We did manage a close approach to one or two and we were pleased with the photographs that we took.  Butterflies were also in evidence and we spotted several peacokcs and half a dozen early brimstones on the wing.

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Monday 14 March 2016

Lake District March 2016. Day 4, Easedale and Blea Rigg

This morning we awoke to a day of splendid weather: clear blue skies and warm, early spring sunshine.  It was another Wainwright Day, this time with Heather for company rather than Thomas. We had decided to walk from Grasmere along Easedale and up past the spectacular falls of Sourmilk Ghyll to Easedale Tarn.  Here we enjoyed a relaxed coffee in lovely sun with fabulous views.  Although not particularly busy at this popular spot, we left most people behind when we got beyond the tarn.  The route took us steeply up the headwall at the end of the valley to Codale Tarn where we stopped for lunch.  It was pleasing to find a frog and some frogspawn up here, the spawn being in merely a shallow puddle.  Hopefully it won't dry out before they grow into froglets.  It didn't take us long from here to climb up to the ridge over looking the Langdale Valley and up to Sergeant Man, which I had missed two days previously.  From here there were fabulous views of the Langdale Pikes and Stickle Tarn and over to Wetherlam and Grey Friar in the Coniston Fells.  We wandered down the very pleasant ridge to Blea Rigg, another Wainwright, before taking a different path back down to Easedale Tarn and Grasmere.  As we drove back to the Wild Boar along the shores of Windermere we witnessed a fabulous sunset.  Once back I had time for quick bath before Thomas arrived.  Leaving Heather to enjoy a relaxing bath, Thomas and I repaired to the bar for the customary pint before the evening meal when Heather came down.  Yet another excellent day.

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